Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Blogger Book Club Book Review: The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard

The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard

Synopsis: One beautiful summer afternoon, from her bedroom window on the second floor, Jody Linder is unnerved to see her three uncles parking their pickups in front of her parents’ house—or what she calls her parents’ house, even though Jay and Laurie Jo Linder have been gone almost all of Jody’s life. “What is this fearsome thing I see?” the young high school English teacher whispers, mimicking Shakespeare. Polished boots, pressed jeans, fresh white shirts, Stetsons—her uncles’ suspiciously clean visiting clothes are a disturbing sign.

The three bring shocking news: The man convicted of murdering Jody’s father is being released from prison and returning to the small town of Rose, Kansas. It has been twenty-six years since that stormy night when, as baby Jody lay asleep in her crib, her father was shot and killed and her mother disappeared, presumed dead. Neither the protective embrace of Jody’s uncles nor the safe haven of her grandparents’ ranch could erase the pain caused by Billy Crosby on that catastrophic night.

Now Billy Crosby has been granted a new trial, thanks in large part to the efforts of his son, Collin, a lawyer who has spent most of his life trying to prove his father’s innocence. As Jody lives only a few doors down from the Crosbys, she knows that sooner or later she’ll come face-to-face with the man who she believes destroyed her family.

What she doesn’t expect are the heated exchanges with Collin. Having grown up practically side by side in this very small town, Jody and Collin have had a long history of carefully avoiding each other’s eyes. Now Jody discovers that underneath their antagonism is a shared sense of loss that no one else could possibly understand. As she revisits old wounds, startling revelations compel her to uncover the dangerous truth about her family’s tragic past.


Thanks to the library, I was able to read this book for the Blogger Book Club in April. This is my first time reading a book with this particular club or any club at all. Yes, I love books and no, I've never been part of a book club. I'm hoping to link up with them each month but if they are reading a book I have no interest in I'll politely pass. However, all of their past books are ones I would have read! *claps*

So this book was a book set in small town, Western Kansas. While I didn't get out to Western Kansas much while I lived in Kansas, so many of the things mentioned in the book about everybody knowing everybody's business, and the sheriff's department not knowing much about a murder investigation were spot on! Especially the quote about yaks.
“ a county where romantic partners were as scarce as yaks.”
― Nancy Pickard, The Scent of Rain and Lightning

I have to be honest and say I was half way done with this book before I knew it. The entire thing was an easy read for me and I was surprised how much of the back story Nancy told...the whole thing. From the Synopsis, I was really expecting more when Jody is an adult and Nancy did a very good job at giving us the now and then.

I also absolutely loved the family dynamics and the way they ran the town, but people knew they could count on them.

Once I was about half way through the book, I could not put it down and I wanted to know what had really happened that fateful night. I really needed to know whodunit and I did not see who did it at all! Of course, I'm not very good at guessing the ending in books or movies for the most part, ever.
The Scent of Rain and Lightning

So, I've been working on this review and went to make sure the link up was even live. Then I find out that Blogger Book Club is no more after my first attempt. I feel like my sister did when she worked a Restaurant that closed down after she was there THREE days! *gasp* Didn't they know they were closing before they hired her?!

So, I hope you consider reading The Scent of Rain and Lightning. I thoroughly enjoyed it and you can see what else I read here. With this linkup going away *sad face* I had already been considering wanting to host one because I can't seem to get enough reading and I love challenging myself as long as the book sounds good. I'll be in the works of putting together a monthly reading / book club link up and if you'd like to be part of it (planning, co-hosting, etc) let me know.

One thing I didn't get to mention in my confessions post because it went live at midnight and I received the bad news this maternal grandmother passed away. I'll post more later, and I'll still be around but I will e making the trek back to Kansas so I don't know how much I'll be around. KWIM?!<---If you still know what that means we should definitely be besties. Tomorrow is Teaser Thursday for a book I'm really excited that's coming out this month and a giveaway! See you then!


  1. I originally didn't want to read this book but based on your review it sounds like something I would like to read. Adding to my list. I would totally join in on your book club! So sorry about your grandmother. Sending you big hugs.

  2. Blogger book club? What? I've always wanted to be in a book club. I haven't heard of this book, but it sounds awesome. I love books that are easy reads.


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